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First HC in India to Publish Judgements

Published on February 23, 2023

Current Context: The Kerala High Court has become the first High Court in India to publish judgements in a regional language, Malayalam.Justice Shaji P Chaly in January 2023, were made available in Malayalam on the High Court’s website.
First HC in India to Publish Judgements
  • The move is in line with the decision by the Supreme Court to publish judgements in regional languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Odia, and Tamil.
  • The significance of this move is that it can make the judgements more accessible and understandable to the litigants and the public who are not fluent in English.
  • It can also promote linguistic diversity and cultural identity in India.
  • This move was initiated by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud who constituted a committee headed by Justice AS Oka for translation of top court's judgments into regional languages.
  • On Republic Day 2023, over 1000 judgments of the Supreme Court were released in regional languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati and Odia.
  • This move was appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said that it will make justice accessible to all.
  •  It was also lauded by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who said that it will strengthen federalism and democracy.

Question:

Q.1 Which High Court became the first in India to publish judgements in a regional language?
a. Delhi High Court
b. Kerala High Court
c. Bombay High Court
d. Madras High Court Answer

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